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Utahite

Tellurate mineral

Utahite is an extremely rare secondary copper tellurate. Its chemical formula is Cu5Zn3(Te6+O4)4(OH)8•7H2O.

It was first described in 1997 for an occurrence in the Centennial Eureka mine, one mile southeast of Eureka , Tintic District, Juab County ). The discovery site was a mine dump ore deposit and quartz It has also been reported from the Empire Mine in the Tombstone District of Cochise County

Identification

Color of mineral

Blue
Green

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

4
5

The streak

Blue

Density ( specific gravity )

1.83
1.83
1.88

Luster ( interacts light )

Pearly
Vitreous

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Triclinic